Alex Dowsett among 11 names on Movistar's Giro d'Italia shortlist

Alex Dowsett is in line to support Alejandro Valverde in the Giro d'Italia after being named in Movistar's 11-man shortlist

Alex Dowsett is among the 11 riders named in Movistar's shortlist for the Giro d'Italia, and with time trials over the 21 stages the 27-year-old Brit should be confident of a place in the final nine.

One of Dowsett's biggest wins to date came at the 2013 Giro, when he won the the 43km time trial between Gabicce Mare and Saltara ahead of the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Vincenzo Nibali.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.